March 22, 2010
BRITAIN does not currently have the military resources to engage in a conflict with Iran, according to a leading defence analyst.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The warning comes after it emerged that RAF Tornado crews are getting barely 10 hours of flying time a month because of drastic cuts imposed by the Government to fund the war in Afghanistan.
This compares with 20 hours a month in the late Eighties, then considered as the “bare minimum for operational effectiveness”.
It follows a decision made in December by Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth that the RAF is to lose a squadron to save cash – and one of the RAF’s seven Tornado squadrons may be in the firing line.